Tuesday, March 31, 2020

"Turn This World Inside Out: The Emergency of Nurturance Culture" - Nora Samaran

I appreciated Nora Samaran's "The Emergence of Nurturance Culture," though I didn't necessarily resonate with everything she wrote and felt like at times she was a bit too quick to surrender to gender stereotypes. At 131 pages, this was a quick read that held my attention from beginning to end. Essentially an expansion of her essay "The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture," Samaran suggests models of care and accountability can move toward dismantling systems of dominance and oppression.

The book is more academic than you might expect from the cover - a good fact in that much of what she writes about is backed by research. I found her foundation belief that men need to work on these issues with other men dripping with gender stereotypes and lack of cultural insight, but I'll counter that by acknowledging my own history as a victim of sexual violence would make such work difficult and I do have natural built-in defenses toward such work.

Ultimately, I found the book informative and valuable and found myself moving on from it into researching some of the topics she wrote about here.

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